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Get the Forest People on Your Side

Get the Forest People on Your Side

This week, at a meeting in New York, the United Nations will establish a Forum on Forests. This is the culmination of a plethora of international processes that date back to the Tropical Forestry Action Plan of 1985. I have taken part in all these discussions. What impact have they had on the forests?


Oil palm plantations: Doing more harm than good?

Oil palm plantations: Doing more harm than good?

BOGOR, West Java (JP): During the last dry season the signs of land use conflict were plain to see in southern Sumatra. Armed with a box of matches and plenty of nerve, local communities were reclaiming land taken from them during the Soeharto era.


Forests under threat from debt-laden firms. Report

Forests under threat from debt-laden firms. Report

BOGOR, West Java (JP): A study sponsored by two International organizations shows that Indonesia’s forests widely regarded as among the most biologically important tropical forests in the world are under dire threat as heavily debt-laden companies struggle obtain sufficient wood for continuous production.


APP faces wood fiber shortage

APP faces wood fiber shortage

JAKARTA — Asia Pulp & Paper Co., Asia’s largest pulp and paper maker outside of Japan, is facing a wood fiber shortage that could raise operating costs and erode future profits, according to independent research.


Asia Pulp & Paper Faces Shortages of Wood Fiber

Asia Pulp & Paper Faces Shortages of Wood Fiber

Jakarta, Nov. 27 (Bloomberg) – Asia Pulp & Paper Co., Asia’s largest pulp and paper maker outside of Japan, is facing a wood fiber shortage that could raise operating costs and erode future profits, according to independent research. The research sponsored by the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research and the World Wide Fund for Nature Macroeconomics Program Office – finds that yields from the company’s timber plantations will meet only half the wood needed for its main mill at PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper unit to run at full capacity, at best.


Ancient Resin Still Supports North Sumatrans

Ancient Resin Still Supports North Sumatrans

Bogor, West Java (JP): Once described by Middle Eastern traders as the ‘frankincense of Sumatra,’ benzoin (kemenyan) from Indonesia has been sold for more than a thousand years in markets around the world.


The Carbon Trappers

The Carbon Trappers

“We know how to grow maize and raise cattle,” explains Enrique Lopez, a loquacious Mayan Indian with angular features and a complexion the colour of mahogany. Like the other men who accompany us up a dirt track above Yaluma, a village in the Chiapas highlands, he is wearing the uniform of the Mexican campesino: starch-white sombrero, patched-up trousers and ragged boots. “But I don’t want my children to do these things, to be poor like us,” he continues. “I want them to study. And for that I need money, which is what I hope these trees will bring us.”


Ways to stop the earth from overheating are far from easy

Ways to stop the earth from overheating are far from easy

Indigenous Mayan villages in Chiapas, in southern Mexico, have discovered a new cash crop. It certainly won’t bring them the riches that gold brought earlier Amerindian civilisations, but it should give them a new source of income. Next to their fields of beans and maize they are planting trees: not, as you might expect, for timber – although they will yield that too – but for the environmental services they provide.



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